Tiny Tree Children’s Books

I’ve recently (April 2021) been seeing a lot of noise for one of this indie publishers latest book ‘Setsuko, Song of the Sea’ by Fiona Barker & Howard Gray. All of which looks so well deserved, beautifully illustrated and sounds perfect.

Another northern publisher which is always positive, and a children’s book specialist, sounds like my favourite kind of publisher.

Will definitely be looking into seeing some of these books in the ‘flesh’.

Website – www.tinytreebooks.co.uk
Facebook – @tinytreebooks
Twitter – @tinytreebooks
Instagram – @tinytreebooks

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

Tiny Tree Children’s Books was established in 2016, but we had published a small amount of children’s picture books before the imprint was officially launched.

What made you want to start an independent publisher?

We started Tiny Tree because James Shaw, our managing director, had not long had his first son and wanted to begin publishing picture books. From there, we grew into the publisher we are today.

What genres do you specialise in?

I suppose you could say that Tiny Tree specialises in children’s picture books but, more recently, we have grown to publish chapter books and middle grade novels for older children.

Where are you based?

We are based in Marple — a small town outside of Stockport in Greater Manchester.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

Our submission window is always open and we would love to hear from you. All we ask is that you follow the submission guidelines on our website.

What is your submission procedure?

We ask that all prospective authors and illustrators send through one manuscript or portfolio at a time. Once this is received, we aim to provide an answer within six weeks. However, this timescale can change depending on our schedule. If we decide we like your work, we’ll have a conversation to discuss the next steps.

You do not need an agent to submit your work to us either, but we do welcome submissions from those with representation too.

Who are you (team photo if possible)?

Tiny Tree is James Shaw and Anthony Barlow. James is our managing director and editor. He handles editorial decisions and design work for the vast majority of our books. Anthony is our marketing manager. He runs our social media, books our events and works with bookshops to stock our books.

What was your background in the book industry before this venture?

James grew up in publishing. Matthew James Publishing — our parent company — was a family business and he continues to operate that today. Anthony had previously worked as a journalist and events organiser prior to publishing.

Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?

Our latest book is ‘Setsuko and the Song of the Sea’ — a picture book by Fiona Barker and Howard Gray. We also have ‘A Tiger Named Lee’ by Sinéad Murphy and Shannon Cresham coming in June and have a brand new series, D.M. Mullan’s Curious Tales, launching in July.


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March Hamilton

March Hamilton is based in the South West of England and can be contacted through:

Website: www.marchhamilton.com
Twitter: @MarchHamilton
Facebook: @MarchHamiltonMedia
Instagram: @marchhamilton

March Hamilton was founded in Somerset in 2012, with a focus on producing high quality books that belonged in the loving hands of young people everywhere. Working with Beth Webb and Helen Harvey, March Hamilton produced a backlist designed specifically for young bibliophiles- just like those working for the company!
 
When Melissa took over the company in March 2018, fresh from her BA course in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes, she had a vision for this small independent. Working closely with authors to get the best deals possible, reaching out to the underrepresented both in terms of writing and working in the publishing industry to provide them with a route in, and generally striving to produce high quality stories that young people love and need were the aims she had in mind when she relaunched March Hamilton.
 
Still based in the heart of the South West, March Hamilton is building relationships with local booksellers and the communities surrounding authors and readers alike. Publishing has been London-centric for most of its life, but we want to show that it doesn’t have to be that way forever!

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

I took over March Hamilton in March 2018 and re-launched in April 2019. This was just before my graduation from the Oxford Brookes Publishing Media BA so I am still fairly new to the business!

What made you want to start an independent publisher?

I didn’t start the company, I took it over from the original founder. I wanted to go into indie publishing because I could see that indies took the biggest risks, championed the books that larger publishers would turn away. I also wanted to publish books by authors who felt shut out by publishing by factors like their race, class, geographical location etc.

What genres do you specialise in?

March Hamilton specialises in books for children and young adults in the hope that by getting representative books into their hands that young people can see themselves reflected in literature.

Where are you based?

The company is based in Somerset, just outside of Bristol.

Do you have a submission window?

This year (2019) we are holding our second round of open submission windows. They are:
8-14 July: window for BAME authors and POC
15-21 July: window for working class/low income authors
22-28 July: window for LGBTQ+ authors
29 July-4 August: window for disabled authors/authors with chronic illness
12 August-1 September: Fully open

What is your submission procedure?

We accept full manuscripts for picture books and the first three chapters of Middlegrade and YA fiction. We also ask for a synopsis and cover letter to get to know the book and the author. All of the extra details are currently on our website, including the email address to send the submissions to.

Who are you?

March Hamilton is a one man team at present, with our director Melissa Eveleigh (recently longlisted for the LBF Trailblazer Award) carrying out all of the day to day roles. We also have the help of some very talented freelancers!

Background in the book industry?

I am a lifelong reader but outside of that I also have a degree in publishing as well as a whole host of freelance work under my belt!

Talk about some of your books

We publish the backlist of Somerset author and storyteller Beth Webb. In 2019 we are publishing FRUIT FORBIDDEN, a debut YA novel by Ellen-Arwen Tristram about a young woman’s life with anorexia nervosa. We have also acquired transcribed stories from Sarah Mooney, a series of picture books on WOC who made history by Jen Elvy and Poppy Kamel Sall, and some other exciting books in the pipeline!

Dreams for the future

I want to publish books that help young people navigate the confusing world we live in and to put the South West on the map when it comes to the publishing industry. I hope that March Hamilton will be able to offer opportunities to authors and aspiring publishers outside of London for many years to come.


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Fairlight Books

Fairlight Books is focused on publishing original, high-quality writing and reconnecting readers to literary fiction.

They are based in Oxford and can be contacted through:

Website: https://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/
Twitter: @FairlightBooks
Facebook: @FairlightBooks
Instagram: @FairlightBooks
Telephone: 01865 957790
 

 

Fairlight Books has one aim – to celebrate quality writing and promote the best of new and contemporary literary fiction.

Based in the thriving and energetic publishing hub of Oxford, we’re a young, dynamic team wanting to do things a little differently. For us, it’s about a wider community coming together to celebrate and promote quality writing.

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

Fairlight Books was established in 2017 by our CEO Louise Boland.

What made you want to start publishing?

Louise founded the company in an effort to promote literary fiction in a genre-dominated industry. Fairlight Books is focused on publishing original, high-quality writing and reconnecting readers to literary fiction.

As a writer Louise struggled to reconcile the frequent industry requests for something new and unique with the constant churn out of trending photo-fit books. With that in mind she set out to create a company which would publish brilliant and original books as well as raise the profile of the authors.

What do you specialise in?

We specialise in beautifully written literary fiction. In addition to our novels we are also continuously adding to our Fairlight Moderns series, a collection of novellas set around the world.

Where are you based?

We are based in Oxford.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?


A key goal at Fairlight Books is to support aspiring writers which is why we have a constantly open direct submissions policy. We have also written up a submissions code of practice which you can read about in more detail here (https://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/code-practice-submissions/).

Who are you (team photo if possible)?

Louise is the founder and CEO of Fairlight Books. Lindsey, marketing executive, Urška, Assistant Editor, and Gabrielė, production executive, have also been with the company since it was established. During the past two years we have also had a few part-time assistants and the occasional intern.

What’s your background in the book industry?

Louise came from the energy industry before founding a publishing company. Lindsey, Urška and Gabrielė all studied Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes University.

Talk about some of your books if possible?

We actually have some very exciting news regarding one of our Fairlight Moderns. Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn has just been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction!

Set in 1970s communist Romania, this debut novella-in-flash draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles. A really captivating read that can’t easily be put down. Bottled Goods has also been longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and The People’s Book Prize, which you can still vote for here (https://peoplesbookprize.com/winter-2018/bottled-goods/).

We are also very excited about our upcoming title, A Matter of Interpretation by Elizabeth Mac Donald. This is an enthralling tale of knowledge, language and power in medieval Europe, from a talented new historical fiction writer. It’ll be out on 5 September 2019, so definitely keep an eye on our website and social media for more news!


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Arachne Press

Arachne Press is based in London and was setup by Cherry Potts and specialises in short form fiction across the genres.

Their latest publication, ‘This Poem Here’ is a personal poetic response to the Covid crisis from Rob Walton.

Website: www.arachnepress.com
Shop: www.arachnepress.com/shop
Facebook: @ArachnePress
Instagram: @arachnepress
Twitter: @ArachnePress

Arachne Press are represented in the trade by Inpress Books. For enquires please contact rebecca@inpressbooks.co.uk

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

Arachne Press has been spinning stories since 2012.

What made you want to start an independent publisher?

Sheer rage! I fell out with my publisher (breach of contract, money, sigh) and took back my books, but didn’t want to just self publish, and with a second redundancy in 5 years looming, I decided to take the plunge and publish other people too.

Arachne Press aims to be inclusive in the way we commission and to ensure writers from marginalised communities have the opportunity to get their work published. We have a particular affinity for disabled writers and writers from the LGBT community.

What genres do you specialise in?

Arachne specialises in short form; mainly publishing anthologies and collections of short stories and poetry, but we also publish fantasy fiction, young adult fiction and have even produced a photographic portrait book. We are open to most things except romance, erotica and horror.

Where are you based?

Arachne Press is based in London, UK.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

We have regular calls for submissions to poetry and short story anthologies. We are currently seeking submissions of poetry and short stories from deaf or hearing impaired writers and from UK writers with BAME heritage, for two new anthologies. The submission window for these closes on 14th April.

Submissions are also open for our annual Solstice Shorts Festival. The theme for this year is ‘Climate Crisis: time is running out’ and submissions are open to everyone until 21st June.

What is your submission procedure?

All relevant details for how to submit to Arachne can be found at https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit. We also share news of all our submission calls on the Arachne Press blog.

Who are you?

I am Cherry Potts – owner and founder. I run Arachne Press with occasional help from other creatives from across the publishing industry. I often collaborate with guest editors too, which ensures a range of voices are represented in our anthologies.

What was your background in the book industry before this venture?

I worked in a bookshop for a year straight from school – Christopher Foss in Baker Street, and for a couple of years, for Lewisham Libraries. Then I got my first publication as a writer, and did what we would now call ‘work experience’ with the publisher ½ day a week, which ought to have put me off, but somehow didn’t; and for a while I was on their advisory board.

Having been published several times, and with this broad understanding of what happens to books after they are published I thought I knew what I was doing! Joining the IPG was a big help in disabusing me of that, but everyone I have been in contact with from printers to distributors to other publishers have been wonderful. I feel quite grown up now, after eight years. Actually that’s about right isn’t it – traditional apprenticeships were seven years – there must be something it that!

Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?

I’m very proud of This Poem Here a poetry collection we have just published by Rob Walton (25 March 2021). At the start of lockdown, Rob was responding to the anxieties and absurdities of the Corona Virus crisis by writing poetry. He published a lot of these poems on social media, as real-time responses to the latest news. Watching and enjoying them from afar, I approached Rob to publish them as a book. We were in conversation about this project when Rob’s dad sadly died from Covid. The poems in the collection then took a radical turn, delving into rage, sorrow and grief. The result is a collection that leaps from laughter, to tears, to biting political commentary. I can’t imagine a more appropriate collection to have published in this ‘you-couldn’t-make-it-up’ era.


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